Rat Hole Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of a new body of work by Nobuyoshi Araki on view from September 29 until December 16, 2018. The exhibition, which marks Araki’s twelfth solo show at Rat Hole Gallery, will present over 1000 photographs from Araki’s latest series KATA-ME, compassing a period of time from when the artist first lost vision in his right eye due to a retinal artery obstruction exactly five years ago to more recent photographs.
All vertically shot with 35mm black-and-white film, the photographs depict a range of subjects central to Araki’s ouvre: female nudes, still-lifes of wilting flowers, dolls, toys, and other figures, streetscapes, the sky and scenes taken from his balcony, and other subjects from the artist’s everyday encounters and personal surroundings. While spanning a five-year period, the photographs are presented in a non-linear sequence and non-hierarchical order, interweaved to compose an intimate narrative of Araki’s chapter in his life of coming to terms with the limitations of his body, in particular, his eyes through the lens of the camera.
Composed of the Japanese characters for “One side or one-sided” (Kata) and “Eye” (Me), the title KATA-ME not only refers to a Araki’s physical condition, but also represents a poignant- as well as uniquely humorous and witty- confrontation of the reality that life is inseparable from loss and death, and his relentless will to capture life as it is.
Rat Hole Gallery will also release a publication by Nobuyoshi Araki KATA-ME in parallel with the exhibition.
Nobuyoshi Araki KATA-ME